9780789005786

Civic Engagement and the Baby Boomer Generation: Research, Policy, and Practice Perspectives

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-02-17
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Summary

By the year 2020, there will be 65 million people aged 65 and over living in the United States - a new generation of active older adults expecting to use the expertise, experience, and life skills they've gained to make valuable contributions to society in their retirement years. Civic Engagement and the Baby Boomer Generation describes program models cited for excellence by the National Council on Aging and the American Public Health Association and presents the latest research findings and evaluation studies that help promote a thorough understanding of the programs, policies, and civic opportunities available to people aged 50 and older. This unique book is an essential resource for nonprofit organizations seeking to meet their needs with a generation of volunteers eager to explore new options, work in new capacities, and continue lifelong learning.

Table of Contents

About the Editors xi
Contributors xiii
Preface xvii
Acknowledgments xxi
PART I: OVERVIEW OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Chapter 1. Civic Engagement in the United States
3(18)
William A. Galston
Mark H. Lopez
Introduction
3(1)
Why Does Civic Disengagement Matter?
4(2)
Civic Attitudes and Knowledge
6(6)
Civic Behavior
12(5)
Conclusion
17(4)
Chapter 2. Social Capital and Civic Engagement of Individuals Over Age Fifty in the United States
21(22)
Thomas H. Sander
with Robert D. Putnam
Overall Trends in Social Capital
22(1)
Life Cycle versus Generational Trends
23(3)
Generational Trends Beyond Volunteering
26(2)
Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey
28(1)
Bridging and Tolerance
29(4)
Conclusion
33(10)
PART II: NATIONAL SERVICE AND THE FIFTY-PLUS POPULATION
Chapter 3. Civic Engagement and National Service: Results from Senior Corps Evaluations
43(18)
Priyanthi Silva
Cynthia Thomas
Introduction to Senior Service and Volunteerism
43(3)
Methodology
46(1)
Describing National Senior Service: The Senior Corps Volunteer Programs
47(1)
The Foster Grandparent Program
47(2)
The Senior Companion Program
49(1)
The RSVP Program
49(1)
Strengths of the Senior Corps Programs
50(2)
Limitations to National Senior Corps Growth
52(5)
The Future of National Senior Service
57(4)
Chapter 4. Expanding Youth Service Concepts for Older Adults: AmeriCorps Results
61(24)
Karen Harlow-Rosentraub
Laura B. Wilson
Jack Steele
Introduction
61(6)
Site Composition of Legacy Corps Activities
67(5)
Political Activity and Citizen Involvement Among Members
72(7)
Conclusions
79(6)
PART III: LIFELONG LEARNING AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Chapter 5. Civic Engagement and Lifelong Learning Institutes: Current Status and Future Directions
85(26)
Sharon P Simson
Laura B. Wilson
Karen Harlow-Kosentraith
Introduction
85(1)
The Educational Mission of Lifelong Learning Institutes
86(2)
The Civic Engagement Mission of Lifelong Learning Institutes
88(1)
Methods
89(2)
Results about Current Status of LLIs and Civic Engagement
91(3)
Results Regarding the Future of LLIs and Civic Engagement
94(5)
Discussion
99(3)
Future Directions
102(9)
Chapter 6. Legacy Leadership Institutes: Combining Lifelong Learning with Civic Engagement
111(32)
Laura B. Wilson
Sharon R Simson
Jack Steele
Karen Harlow-Rosentraub
Background and Description
111(9)
Program Design and Structure
120(11)
Research and Evaluation Findings on the Legacy Leadership Institute Model
131(6)
Outcomes and Conclusion: The Impact and Potential of the Legacy Leadership Institute Concept
137(6)
Chapter 7. An International Application of Lifelong Learning and Civic Engagement
143(8)
Ben H. Shjkhuis
Joke M. Zwart
Core Elements of the U.S. Legacy Leadership Concept
143(1)
Translating the American Concept to the Dutch Situation
144(2)
Construction of the Dutch Model
146(1)
The SESAM Academy
147(1)
The Results of Two Years of SESAM Academy
148(1)
Moving On: Other Countries Are Waiting
148(3)
PART IV: INTERGENERATIONAL CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS
Chapter 8. Intergenerational Relationships and Civic Engagement
151(20)
Sally Newman
Richard Goff
Introduction
151(1)
Intergenerational Civic Engagement and Societal Conditions
152(1)
Profiles of Youth and Older Adults and Implications for Intergenerational Activities
153(3)
Intergenerational Models in the United States
156(3)
The Structure
159(1)
Problems and Challenges
160(2)
Best Practices of Intergenerational Models
162(1)
Outcomes
163(1)
Impact on Age Cohorts
163(2)
Individual Intergenerational Relationships
165(2)
Conclusion
167(4)
Chapter 9. Defining the Relationships Between Civic Engagement and Leadership in Later Life
171(24)
Tracey T Manning
Civic Engagement: Theory and Research
171(2)
Leadership Theory and Research
173(2)
The Relationship of Leadership to Civic Engagement
175(12)
Conclusions and Recommendations
187(8)
PART V: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL AGENDAS
Chapter 10. Research Issues in Civic Engagement: Outcomes of a National Agenda-Setting Meeting
195(18)
Laura B. Wilson
David B. Rymph
Introduction
195(1)
Conference Organization and Methods
196(2)
Findings
198(9)
Infrastructure to Support Service Research
207(1)
The Next Steps
208(2)
Conclusion
210(3)
Chapter 11. Issues in Elder Service and Volunteerism Worldwide: Toward a Research Agenda
213(34)
Jim Hinterlong
Fengyan Tang
Amanda Moore McBride
Kwofie Danso
Introduction
213(2)
Volunteerism and Civic Service: Definitions, Status, and Impacts
215(17)
Understanding Elder Volunteerism and Service Cross-Nationally
232(4)
Studying Volunteerism and Service Among Older Adults Worldwide
236(3)
Conclusion
239(8)
Chapter 12. Civic Engagement Research, Policy, and Practice Priority Areas: Future Perspectives on the Baby Boomer Generation
247(20)
Laura B. Wilson
Sharon P. Simson
Introduction
247(1)
Administration on Aging
248(3)
AARP
251(1)
Corporation for National and Community Service
252(3)
Generations United
255(1)
The Gerontological Society of America
256(1)
Harvard School of Public Health—MetLife Foundation Initiative
257(2)
National Council on Aging
259(3)
Points of Light Foundation
262(1)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
262(1)
Conclusion
263(4)
Index 267

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